saying these kind of soft things that say maybe compromise. what do you think, robert? >> i think doug is right. it's too early to break out the champagne, but undoubtedly, the rhetoric is softening as we get closer and closer to the christmas holidays. these people want to go home. they want to have a holiday. they know that they cannot go home to their constituents and say essentially, i couldn't get anywhere. we're going to go over the fiscal cliff together. and that's particularly true and particularly difficult for republicans because the way the polls are showing the public's anger with this process, the republicans are going to get most of that anger. and they are the same polls that in fact, the gop is listening to and watching, and boehner is very, very much aware of them. so i think that 37% may be the way things come out. >> let's talk about those polls for a minute. quinnipiac had a poll out that showed the president's job approval rating at 53%. that's not really giant or amazing, but, considering where he's been, not too long ago, that is pretty good. robert, is this the kind of compromise that could give everyone some cover here? the president can say, yeah, i got higher taxes on the wealthy. the republicans can say, yeah, we gave in, but not much. >> yes, it could.